"They paid the winning lottery ticket with a stolen debit card": for this reason the British lottery authorities blocked the payment of the winnings to two thirty-year-olds. The jackpot is really important: four million pounds, with the two youngsters already planning the purchase of buildings and cruises in the Caribbean. The English lottery service Camelot became suspicious after discovering that Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson, 36 and 31 respectively, were not in possession of a bank account to which to credit the prize.
According to British media, the two have not explained how to buy a lucky scratch card. Graham and Watson said that their friend John was the one who bought the winning ticket, without giving further details. Thus triggering suspicion by the authorities of the lot.
Camelot's top figures were also suspicious of the two Bolton youths: Watson was convicted of several crimes including bank fraud, while Goodram was arrested for burglary last year. Both have appeared on Bolton's Most Wanted lists for alleged crimes in the area in recent years.
Camelot stated that they will not pay winnings to stolen card holders, but the official website does not indicate any procedure in this regard. Users can in fact purchase tickets with a credit or debit card and are not obliged to show an identity document. The English lottery is not new to such decisions: in 2018 it blocked a £ 200,000 jackpot won by a 56-year-old claiming that one of the credit card details was "altered".